The World Runs on M & M…

While they wont melt in in your hand, they aren't the same as a thank you 😉

Ok, before you go there I’m not talking about that melt in your mouth candy type goodness even if the blue ones are kind of cool and all. What I’m getting at here is Money and Medals as that’s what gets people up in the morning and keeps  the world going round every day. As in fact what most don’t understand is it’s a mix and a bit different ratio then many would expect.

As what has gotten me thinking of this was a walk through the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Houston this week where they hosted the Girl Scout convention.  As where every you looked there were folks wearing vests with patches, or lanyards with numerous things hanging off them.  All of these I’m sure (I say this as I’ve never been a Girl scout) represent some level of achievement, rank or position in the organization which is a nonprofit on top of that.

The reason the later is important, is these folk pretty much paid on their own to be there rather than their company paying them and for them to be there.  So why this then, if there isn’t any money involved why pay then?  Well the answer is hidden away in the “medals” for being there as well as a venue to strut those “medals” already earned or acquired. As what most people forget is the rote power “medals” can bring as they typically are cheap from an economic point of view, yet the ROI from the afterglow can be amazing.

As following Abraham Maslows ideas, we need to provide for the basics in life and that’s what money provides us.  However once we have some measure of that, we yearn for self actualization in that we wish to be someone and recognized by someone else.  This is where “medals” come into play as they provide a means outward advertising of ones self in a non verbal form.  One of the most interesting medals to me is the wedding ring which is wrapped in a compound message.

As for both the man and the woman it signifies to society they are wanted by another, thus they are “want-able” as a whole and thus a metal of that attainment.  Second, more so for the woman (however you see it a bit more too on the male side these days too) is the size of the rock(s) indicates to society the size of her desirability, by the one who has chosen her.  While the concept of wedding rings and their overt social messages embedded within could fill a book.  Yet the point here is to demonstrate the concept which all medals bring to us.

As for example, you receive a recognition reward from, this in turn as the wedding rings demonstrates your acceptance by others and there you display this achievement of acceptance. As this is the point I am driving at is many leaders forget the importance of the small things, as we transform recognition into acceptance and we the human animal want nothing more than to be accepted, socially wanted and seen as contributing to something greater than just us.

Thus, if you’re a leader, never forget it’s the small stuff which counts when it comes to dealing with people and is as simple a piece of paper saying thank you which in the long run can be worth all the money in the world…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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